Polar Root Studio
Sep21

Polar Root Studio

This week we are going to share the spot light on a local business owned by Justine Hettler called Polar Root Studio. As many of you know the Barr Street Market is a way for small business owners to showcase the products have to offer and Polar Root Studio does just that. Justine has been interested in art science since as long as she can remember. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Saint Francis, but it wasn’t until she graduated that book making became her focus. Justine states “I just love to make things with my hands, and adding a hand carved print on the front gives me the best of both worlds”. From hand bound notebooks and sketchbooks, original watercolors, to hand pulled prints there is plenty of unique items to peruse. What sets Polar Root Studio apart from others is the fact that all of Justine’s products are hand made From hand bound notebooks and sketchbooks, original watercolors, to hand pulled prints there is plenty of unique items to peruse. What sets Polar Root Studio apart from others is the fact that all of Justine’s products are hand made What exactly is it that Polar Root has to offer?  From hand bound notebooks and sketchbooks, original watercolors, to hand pulled prints there is plenty of unique items to peruse. What sets Polar Root Studio apart from others is the fact that all of Justine’s products are hand made. Beginning from the cutting down of the paper with a ruler and zacto knife, to folding each sheet, to sewing text blocks together, to designing and carving each image printed on the front. We asked Justine what she enjoyed most about being a vendor at the Barr Street Market. “I enjoy getting to know the other venders around me. So many creatives, and such a vast variety of product. I also enjoy getting the chance to show my work in person, the chance for my notebooks to be touched, help, and experienced- opposed to looking at a computer screen.” If you missed Polar Root Studio at the Barr Street Market don’t worry there are a few ways to learn about the company. Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/PolarRootStudio Instagram: http://instagram.com/polarroot_studio Email: justinehettler@Hotmail.com “All of my work is inspired by elements of nature. I am continuously amazed at all the textures, colors, and shapes that can be found on the tiniest details. And most often, these beautiful details are on things that usual go unnoticed, like a broken piece of bark on the ground. Hopefully, by bringing attention to these details, I can get others to notice and appreciate...

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Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Buffalo Chip Creations
Jun13

Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Buffalo Chip Creations

Chip and Ralfie Blasius have got something special in Buffalo Chip Creations.  In fact, even before I knew who they were, an outstanding sterling and turquoise pendant caught my eye from across the Barr Street Market.  Buffalo Chip Creations is the second of our vendor series, and I had the chance to learn a lot more from these two. Chip and Ralfie have brought Buffalo Chip Creations to the Barr Street Market for the past four years, and you’ll find their booth with a gorgeous array of handmade jewelry every Saturday.  “The ambience of this market is wonderful – great vendors, nice music, and a ‘family day out’ atmosphere for our customers. We have a lot of regular customers who stop by and see us every week. It is one of our favorite summer markets in Fort Wayne.” The Blasius’s seem to not only have a true love for their work, but a true love for Fort Wayne as well.  “We are excited to see the movement for buying local continuing to grow every year in the Fort Wayne area. It really does make a difference when customers can meet the farmers, artists, and producers face-to-face. We spend a lot of time educating our customers about how we create our products. This one-on-one encourages a much more personal, satisfying shopping experience for both vendors and customers. It’s more than just sales, we are building relationships.” When it comes to their jewelry, to say their work is a labor of love would be an understatement.  Chip is a silversmith with a degree in Fine Arts from IPFW. He hand-sets every piece he makes. “We’d like our customers to know that each hand made piece contains a bit of Chip’s artistic energy. He forges, solders, hammers, wraps, or sets each piece. Most of our jewelry is sterling silver. We hand select our cabochons, fossils, stones and relics, and find much of our inspiration in nature.  Many of our pieces incorporate fossils and natural stones.  We go to rock and gem shows, bead stores and the internet to source our raw materials. Our favorite fossils are ammonites and corals, which we prong-set in silver to showcase their beauty. Art is an evolution; for instance. Chip taught himself to scrimshaw small pieces of 10,000-year-old mammoth ivory to make into pendants. Nature supplies a historical energy and an earthy beauty that is attractive to our customers.  We go to coin shops and the internet to find ancient coins that we make into pendants.  Roman coins are a favorite. There’s something humbling about wearing a pendant made of a coin that was minted 2000 years...

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